Composer Richard Strauss

Thursday, 04. February 2010
08:00 pm – 09:40 pm

Duration est. 1 hours 40 minutes

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Musikalische Leitung
Johannes Debus
William Friedkin
Hans Schavernoch
Petra Reinhardt
Mark Jonathan
David Bridel
Peter Heilker

Ulrich Reß
Dalia Schaechter
Erika Sunnegårdh
Alan Held
Kevin Conners
Ein Page der Herodias
Heike Grötzinger
Erster Jude
Jeff Martin
Zweiter Jude
Kenneth Roberson
Dritter Jude
Francesco Petrozzi
Vierter Jude
Johannes Preissinger
Fünfter Jude
Alfred Kuhn
Erster Nazarener
Christian Rieger
Zweiter Nazarener
John Chest
Erster Soldat
Andreas Kohn
Zweiter Soldat
Christoph Stephinger
Ein Cappadocier
Rüdiger Trebes
Eine Sklavin
Angela Brower
Engel des Todes
Steven Barrett
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Whatever Salome wants Salome gets! So far. Having grown up at the court of her degenerate mother Herodias and her asocial stepfather Herodes, it’s perfectly understandable, with this family background, that Salome absolutely refuses to accept the fact that there might be something she can’t have: the kiss of the prophet John the Baptist, Jochanaan! Salome’s beauty and seductiveness leave him completely cold, but Salome finally gets her way. With a strip tease she coerces her stepfather to have Jochanaan beheaded so that she can finally kiss his mouth. But she pays for this kiss with her life. But “what’s the difference”? She finally got her kiss! Perverse? Insane? Or was this woman just unrelenting and thus understandable?


Narraboth, a young captain of the guard, cannot take his eyes off Salome, who is obviously bored at the banquet given by Herod, the Tetrarch. The page warns Narraboth most urgently that his dangerous passion for Salome will get him into trouble.
Suddenly the voice of the prophet Jokanaan, who is being held captive by Herod, can be heard denouncing Herodias, Salome’s mother, because of her iniquitous behaviour and her marriage to Herod. Salome asks Narraboth to show her the prisoner. Although Herod has forbidden all contact with the prophet, Narraboth grants Salome her wish and has Jokanaan brought in. Jokanaan repeats his accusations and tells Salome that she should alter her lifestyle and follow the „Son of Man“, who is drawing nigh.
Salome has fallen in love with the prophet at first sight and desires his body, longs to kiss him. Narraboth kills himself. Jokanaan, however, refuses to satisfy Salome’s desires and curses her. Herod and Herodias have noticed that Salome has left the banquet. They quarrel
about Jokanaan, whom Herodias would like to see dead. Herod, on the other hand, considers him to be a holy man. Jews and Nazarenes quarrel amongst each other about whether Jokanaan‘s prophesies are true or whether they are mere charlatanism. Herod asks Salome to dance for him. He swears on oath that he will fulfill her every
wish if she will do so. In spite of her mother’s warning words, Salome begins to dance for Herod.
Herod is delighted and wishes to keep his promise, but to his horror Salome demands the head of the prophet. Herodias rejoices. Herod tries to change Salome’s mind with all kinds of promises but she remains pitiless and refuses to release him from his oath. The prophet is beheaded. Salome has achieved her goal: at last she can kiss
Jokanaan. Herod turns from her in revulsion and orders his guards to kill Salome.

Translation: Susan Bollinger
© Bayerische Staatsoper

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Hans Schavernoch studierte Bühnenbild an der Universität für angewandte Kunst in Wien. 1986 entwarf er für die Salzburger Festspiele das Bühnenbild zur Uraufführung von Die schwarze Maske. Aus der regelmäßigen Zusammenarbeit mit dem Regisseur Harry Kupfer entstanden u. a. die Bühnenbilder zum Ring des Nibelungen bei den Bayreuther Festspielen, zur Uraufführung von Elisabeth am Theater an der Wien und zu Der Rosenkavalier bei den Salzburger Festspielen. Darüber hinaus wirkte er u. a. an der Deutschen Oper Berlin, dem Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, der Mailänder Scala, der Wiener Staatsoper sowie der Metropolitan Opera in New York. (Stand: 2017)

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